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2012 

  About one in three people in California now live in communities where there are HOMEOWNER ASSOCIATIONS, and new California laws impact those people.        CA Senate Bill 150 - new CA law for 2012 - Owner's right to rent out units at homeowner association community - prohibits associations from...
01/31/2012
U.S. Congress agreed during December of 2010 on status of the U.S. estate tax for 2011 and 2012:   U.S. estate tax exemption for individuals is now 5 million dollars. This is up from 3.5 million in 2009 and $600,000 in 2000 The lifetime U.S. gift tax exemption is now 5 million dollars, which is ...
01/30/2012
    There are positive local economic trends appearing at Orange County CA in several sectors.        Job numbers for Orange County during December 2011 had BIG year-over-year gain in number employed - largest increase in OC working people since January 2001 (11 years ago). Lots of Orange County ...
01/29/2012
Single level detached homes remain attractive for buyers and solid for sellers at Orange County CA real estate. Newport Heights home - $1,489,000 - 3 bedrooms and 3 baths - MLS# U11003372 - IDX link        See NEWPORT BEACH CA single level detached homes now listed for sale - click here   Here ar...
01/28/2012
  California Senate Bill 837 - signed into law last year on July 1, 2011 - mandates changes in the home property seller TRANSFER DISCLOSURE STATEMENT - and took effect on January 1, 2012. Mandatory disclosures by sellers of homes in California are described by the California Department of Real Es...
01/26/2012
  Most Orange County CA homeowners paid their property tax installments as of December 12, 2011. Some people are not happy with their current assessed values, because distressed homes on the market selling and foreclosures have driven their property market value down.    Current market value for ...
01/24/2012
    LAGUNA BEACH is an amazing beach oriented city tucked among the Pacific ocean sands and rocks at South Orange County, CA - also located in the bluffs and hills with spectacular blue water and Catalina island views.     Laguna Beach CA real estate owner sellers have expectations for 2012.  LAG...
01/17/2012
    Irvine CA was named a Top 10 City for Families 2012 by AOL real estate. Acres of parkland per 1,000 residents:36.5 (Irvine is 10th highest)   Playgrounds per 1,000 residents: 2.8 (Irvine is 29th highest) Violent crimes per 1,000 residents: 0.6 (Irvine is 5th lowest) Unemployment rate: 6.7% (I...
01/15/2012
  California government is expected to crack down next year - for tax year 2012 - on property tax payers who have been taking the entire amount they pay as deduction from California state income taxes. Starting with 2012 tax bill (the one due in April 2013), the CA state Franchise Tax Board (re i...
01/14/2012
    Quail Hill village at IRVINE CA real estate owners have expectations for 2012.   99 Quail Hill homes sold last year during 2011 - average sold price of $736,955.   17 of those resold Quail Hill homes were short sales - average sold price of $626,347.   61 of the resold Quail Hill homes were d...
01/11/2012
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